The BFC Fashion Trust said it plans to allocate a total of 400,000 pounds to the 2019 grant recipients, who also include Marta Jakubowski, Nabil Nayal and Paula Knorr. Those seven labels will also receive mentoring tailored to their specific business needs.
In addition, Hillier Bartley, Huishan Zhang, Mother of Pearl, Paper London and Sharon Wauchob will receive mentoring in 2019 as part of the program.
The full list of winners was revealed on Monday during a cocktail and dinner event in Covent Garden hosted by Megha Mittal, founder patron of the trust.
Since its inception in 2011, the BFC Fashion Trust has awarded more than two million pounds to 42 designer businesses to fund the implementation of projects such as introducing new capsule collections, producing additional sample sets, developing e-commerce, protecting intellectual property, and building merchandising and finance expertise.
Last month, the BFC confirmed that in 2018 it raised more than 2.3 million pounds for its charities and business support initiatives.
The BFC Fashion Trust’s fundraising and philanthropic program is led by co-chairs Tania Fares and Sian Westerman. Stephanie Phair, BFC chair, said: “The 2019 grant recipients are given the opportunity to become the creative leaders of tomorrow while reinforcing the U.K.’s reputation as a hub for fashion business.”
The BFC Fashion Trust also supports a graduate traineeship program that offers graduates 12-month paid internships with a British-based designer. It has worked with brands including E.Tautz, Erdem, House of Holland, JW Anderson, Mary Katrantzou and Roksanda.
The official partner of the trust is HSBC, while Taylor Wessing supports the charity through pro bono legal work. Bicester Village Shopping Collection, Eco-Age, Farfetch, Google and Launchmetrics are among the other companies that support the charity.